Kaldheim Season, Episode 9: Birgi, God of Storytelling // Harnfel, Horn of Bounty
When evaluating new cards, a quick hack is to look for anything that cheats on mana. These are the cards that can really do something special. Cheating out a 7 mana Tibalt? Yep, that tracks. Fistfuls of Treasure off Magda? Sign us up.
This week continues that trend. Birgi, God of Storytelling is a cost reducer dialed up to 11. Her front face resembles Baral, Chief of Compliance or Goblin Electromancer: mana engines that scale the more spells you cast. But Birgi is even more generous. Cards that cost 1 are completely free, and cards that cost zero actually send up you mana. Mishra’s Bauble becomes a ritual; Mox Amber becomes Seething Song.
Once you have this much mana, all you’re looking for is a source of cards. Birgi makes this easy as you please: just flip the card over and you have Harnfel, Horn of Bounty, a multi-use Magmatic Channeler that trades each card in your hand for two fresh ones. Standard players learned to fear the pairing of Runaway Steam-Kin and Experimental Frenzy; Birgi gives you both effects on the same card.
All told, Birgi is shockingly open-ended, capable of supporting existing engine decks or perhaps spawning new archetypes all her own. We’ve got seven lists to test across multiple formats, so let’s see what Birgi can do!
Decklists for Birgi // Harnfel
Sketch 1: Boros Showdown Storm
Sketch 2: Temur Artifact Ramp
Sketch 3: Pioneer Song of Creation
Sketch 4: Modern Birgi Song
Sketch 5: Birgi Grinding Breach by Nilsfit (5-0 league)
Sketch 6: UR Prowess
Sketch 7: Birgi Waste Not